NHTSA — Electrical System: Ignition: Switch Problems

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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,400 miles

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 212013

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The dealer replaced the ignition switch. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V40000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 20,000. Updated 10/24/2014 updated 4/21/2015

- Park Ridge, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 012014


  • miles
2004 Oldsmobile Alero ignition switch won't start sometimes onhad the ignition switch replaced and still having the problem some times if you keep turning the key on and off it will start or you will have to go under the hood and crank it by the starter.

- Louisburg, NC, USA

problem #3

Jul 222014


  • 102,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start or would stall immediately after being started. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic for diagnosis and the dealer stated that the sensor in the ignition switch failed and needed replacing. The mileage at the time of failure was 102,000.

- West Misslin, PA, USA

problem #2

Nov 052004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Beginning in November 2004 the consumer began to have problems with the electrical system in the 2004 Oldsmobile Alero. When the vehicle was purchased the air bag light came on. The consumer was concerned that the air bag light will cause the air bags not to deploy in case of an accident. Also, she was concerned that the air bags would deploy when there was no accident. The vehicle has been to the repair shop 6 times due to brake problems.. when the vehicle had 20,000 miles it had to have the rotors turned and brake shoes replaced. The brakes were still making a humming noise. The dealership could not figure out why the vehicle was having problems with the air bag light or with the brakes. The cruise control, door panels, windows were inoperative. The transmission or front axle seal was leaking, the blinkers were blinking too fast, the windshield was leaking, the carpet lining was coming out of the trunk, the engine made a knocking noise, the back trim around the seats didn't fit properly, the ignition switch was replaced, the fuse box was replaced.

- Sherman , TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 112005

Alero 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
2004 olds Alero key will not turn have to swap key around until it turns. Sometimes when it does finally turn the starter will hesitate to disengage. I have seen this problem several times on forums some people have had to have their Alero towed and have the ignition switch/cylinder replaced. I feel a recall is in order before the problem worsens like the Ford Motor Company had.

- Mason City, IL, USA

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